November Regular Meeting - Online via Zoom

November 04, 2022, 7:00PM: November Regular Meeting - Online via Zoom

“Urban Deep Sky Colors and Postcards from the Moon”

With: Robert Reeves

Taft with Struve Telelescope.jpgAbstract –   Robert Reeves, accomplished astro-imager author and speaker, will discuss how he does astronomy in light conditions most astronomers avoid, from urban skies, and with the moon prominent in the skies. This approach to astronomy has not only increased Robert’s astronomy time, it has enabled him to become a noted advocate for lunar observation and imaging as he uses the results of his night sky imaging to help others understand lunar features as well as deep sky objects. 


Our Speaker : Robert Reeves has been exploring the cosmos in 1958 and took his first lunar photograph in 1959. He began telescopic astronomy with a four-inch Criterion Dynascope, his Christmas present in 1960. In 1975 he acquired a Celestron 8 telescope, which he still uses today. In 1977, Robert acquired a Celestron 8-inch Schmidt camera that he used for a quarter century for deep sky photography. Today, Reeves uses a Celestron 11 Edge HD and a Sky-Watcher 180mm Maksutov for lunar photography from his Perspective Observatory located in central Texas. Robert also uses a Sky-Watcher 20-inch Stargate telescope for visual observing and a Celestron 14 with a HyperStar for deep sky photography.
In 1984 Reeves began publishing articles about astrophotography in Astronomy magazine. Since then, Robert has published over 250 magazine articles and 250 newspaper columns about astronomy. His articles have appeared in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Deep Sky, Deep Sky Journal, Amateur Astronomy, and The Astrograph. In 1994 Reeves published his first book, The Superpower Space Race, followed by The Conquest of Space, co-authored with Fritz Bronner. In 2000, Robert published Wide-Field Astrophotography, followed by Introduction to Digital Astrophophotography in 2005 and Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography in 2006.
Although Robert Reeves is an accomplished deep sky astrophotographer, his current passion is re-popularizing the Moon within the amateur astronomy community by explaining the origin of the Moon, the evolution of its face, and introducing its geology to Moon lovers everywhere. Robert has perfected image processing techniques that allow the amateur astronomer, using modest equipment, to exceed the quality of Earth-based professional lunar photographs taken during the Apollo era. Robert Reeves enjoys speaking about astronomy and spreading his passion for the Moon and photographing the heavens. In addition to appearances and Zoom presentations to interested groups, Reeves has been the keynote speaker at the Winter Star Party, Apollo Rendezvous, and the Advanced Imaging Conference. He has spoken twice to the Okie-Tex Star Party, and the Southwest Astrophoto
seminar. Robert has also spoken three times to and AstroImage and spoken four times to ALCON, NEAF, and NEAIC, in addition to many presentations to the Texas Star Party. Robert has also been the Master of Ceremonies at two ALCONs and three times at the Arizona Science and Astronomy Expo. His recent activities include a five-city speaking tour in China where Reeves was the first westerner to address the Chinese astronomy community about the Moon. Reeves also represents the Celestron telescope company at national astronomical conventions.
Asteroid 26591 Robertreeves is named in his honor and asteroid 26592 Maryrenfro bears his wife's name. Robert and Mary Reeves are
the only husband and wife team to have sequentially numbered asteroids.

To Register for Zoom Meeting: Our August General meeting will be live streamed via Zoom. If you wish to attend via Zoom you must register for the meeting. 

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We'll have the online chat feature available to us during the talk, so that you can post your questions. During the Q&A period the moderator will take questions from the audience. We hope to see you online with us on Friday evening Novembe 4th!

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